Cernere virtutes (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2018-02-26)  CPDL #48931:       
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2018-02-26).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 92 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Altera pars selectissimarum cantionum, 1579 Nürnberg. Original pitch (high chiavette) and note values. Bass is in tenor clef.

General Information

Title: Cernere virtutes
Composer: Orlando di Lasso

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1568 in Selectissimae cantiones, no. 2.18
  2nd published: 1570 in Mellange d'Orlande de Lassus, no. 90
  3rd published: 1579 in Altera pars selectissimarum cantionum
Description: A motet composed in honour of a wedding. Soprano II sings a different text in long note values.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Cernere virtutes qui vult in compagine una
 Laudandum immensus quicquid et orbis habet
Marchio magnanimus de Baden adest Philibertus
 Mechthildisque simul quos modo junxit hymen.
Ille quidem numeros virtutum continet omnes
 Bavariae haec laus est atque decoris honor.
Quis te felicem non dixerit, inclyte Princeps,
 Qui, quae omnes optant, omnia solus habes.

Soprano II (Quintus):
Ista Hymenaee precor tibi sint connubia curae,
 Grata ubi sunt stabilis vincula nexus erit.